Pollinator Protection Plan
As the state’s lead agency for pesticide regulation, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is laying the framework for the agency’s Virginia State Managed Pollinator Protection Plan. This is part of a national effort by state and federal agencies to help reverse pollinator losses and restore pollinator populations.
VDACS’ proposed plan is a voluntary, proactive approach which focuses on enhanced communication and coordination between agricultural producers, landowners, pesticide applicators and beekeepers as a means to further protect pollinators. The plan is a set of recommendations and best practices for the protection of managed pollinators that allows both crop production and beekeeping to thrive. It is not intended to prohibit, eliminate or further restrict the application of pesticides, but rather reduce the risk of pesticide exposure to pollinators when pesticides are used nearby or within their normal foraging range. In all cases, pesticide applications must be made in accordance with the pesticide label and all applicable federal and state pesticide laws and regulations.
As the state’s lead agency for pesticide regulation, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is developing the Virginia State Managed Pollinator Protection Plan. This is part of a national effort by state and federal agencies to help reverse pollinator losses and restore pollinator populations.
In January and February 2016, VDACS hosted seven listening sessions at various locations throughout Virginia to seek input from stakeholders on the critical elements included in the State Managed Pollinator Protection Plan. Approximately 450 agricultural producers, beekeepers, private and commercial pesticide applicators, landowners, researchers and cooperative extension agents participated. In addition, the agency received 169 written comments.
An Advisory Group of individuals representing major producer and applicator groups, beekeepers, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University and Virginia Cooperative Extension will review the draft plan and provide input on the proposed methods to enhance communication between beekeepers and applicators, producers and landowners and the best management practices. The plan will be finalized after the Advisory Group has completed its review and met with agency staff.
Liza Fleeson Trossbach, Program Manager
Office of Pesticide Services
Keith Tignor, State Apiarist
Office of Plant Industry Services
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